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Posted on: July 19, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Protecting Yourself Against A Violent Person Presentation Aug. 7

Village of Westmont
Date Issued: July 19, 2013

This past spring, the Westmont Police Department hosted a town hall-type meeting at Westmont High School to share information regarding how citizens can protect themselves when they encounter a violent person. Another presentation pertaining to this topic has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 7, 7 p.m. at the Westmont Village Hall, 31 W. Quincy Street, second floor. This meeting is open to the general public.

“While incidents of violent encounters are truly rare, we want to educate people regarding steps they can take to better protect themselves during these types of situations,” says Sergeant Jim Schlicher, who is coordinating the presentation. “Many of these tragedies occur at colleges or in a school setting, so this particular presentation will focus on safety at school.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and discuss strategies to protect themselves in these types of dangerous encounters. The Westmont Police Department will present several tactics to employ if confronted with an armed intruder or if you find yourself at a location where a shooting or a violent encounter is occurring. The most important element to survival is your mental preparation. If you have already thought about what you would do if confronted by a violent intruder, then your chances of survival are greatly enhanced. The ability to disrupt a violent intruder’s mindset through sensory overload will add to the options you have if confronted face to face with a violent intruder.

The Westmont Police Department invites you to attend and participate in this important conversation. Citizens will have a chance to discuss and ask questions regarding life-threatening situations. If you have questions regarding this community meeting, contact Sergeant Jim Schlicher at or 630-981-6366.


Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont Media Relations Coordinator

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